Walt Disney World announced today that it will present a new nightly concert series at Disney's Hollywood Studios this summer, featuring the music of Disney/Pixar movies.
The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters starts May 26 and will play three times nightly at the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard in the park. You might know that location better as the theater where the original live-action Beauty and the Beast plays during the day. ;^)
The concert will run for a "limited time," and Disney's not yet revealing an end date.
Disney's run a countless number of character-driven "greatest hits" musical shows over the years, but it's become rare to see a character show featuring live musical performances. Typically, Disney uses recorded soundtracks for the music in its characters' stage productions. But Disney's promising a live orchestra for this one, which is (okay, deep breath... going for the cliche here... hold on...) music to my ears.
As long-time readers of the site might remember, Mrs. Theme Park Insider played in the original orchestra to perform at the then-Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park — the Disney's All-American College Orchestra, which held its rehearsals in one of the sound stages on the original Studio Tour in the park. Okay, no one outside that orchestra actually heard them through those sound-proof windows at the Studios, but thousands of people did enjoy their performances on the old American Gardens Theater stage at Epcot.
So we're big fans of live music — and jobs for musicians — here at Theme Park Insider. And we're thrilled to see Disney create another opportunity for a live orchestra performance at its theme parks. Live performance brings an additional dimension of emotion to a production, which creates an opportunity for Disney fans to enjoy a show that's a step above Disney's other in-park character musical productions. We can't wait to see how it turns out in May.
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